Common Job Scams & Their Red Flags
Don't let yourself be a victim to job scammers on the Internet.
Did you know that crime levels in Singapore rose by nearly 24 percent in 2021 compared to the year before? This is fuelled by a large increase in scam cases, with job scams being one of the most prevalent. In 2021, 4,554 job scams were reported, compared to only 132 reported cases in 2020.

At FastJobs, we have also had our fair share of experiences with job scams, where a number of our jobseekers have received job offers from unknown mobile numbers. These "employers" claim to have discovered our jobseekers' resumes on FastJobs, despite our jobseekers never applying to them.

With job scammers constantly evolving their tactics, it's important to take note of these warning signs to avoid falling prey.
1
Promise of maximum returns for minimum effort
Some employers may offer abnormally high pay in exchange for minimal effort involved. This offer may seem very enticing at first glance, but before we decide to accept these offers without a thought, we should do a quick background check on the authenticity of the spokesperson and the company they claim to represent. If the scope of the company and the type of work described by the spokesperson do not match, chances are you might be getting scammed.
2
Unsolicited job offers from unknown sources
Receiving job offers from unknown sources is a telltale sign of a job scam. Some "employers" may say they received your profile from verified job seeking platforms, but you should still stay cautious if you do not recall applying to the job. You should refrain from accepting the job offer or giving away your personal information.

Another thing to take note of is the tone of these job offers. If the tone of these offers are unnecessarily urgent, then you are likely a prey of job scams. Presence of typo errors in job offers is also another red flag to pay particular attention to.
3
Commission-based jobs that require a top-up of funds
Commission-based jobs are performance-based and have the potential to bring about many returns. However, these jobs are likely to be used to promote job scams given how lucrative they are. For most job scams involving commissioned-based jobs, "employers" would offer abnormally high commission rates, but only if the job seekers make purchases by transferring their money to an unknown account. They would have only realised they have gotten scammed when the potential "employer" or the site to make their purchase disappeared.

To safeguard yourself from these job scams, an effort should be made to check whether the websites involved in the job offers are verified and from trusted sources. Another good practice is not to transfer any funds to any account if you do not know the receiver personally.
In summary
Now that we know what are the major red flags in job offers we should take note of, finding a job would undoubtedly be much safer for our job seekers. Let us take a step back before clicking on any links, no matter how appealing the offer may be. If you're looking for a safe way to find jobs in Singapore, FastJobs can help you. There are a variety of jobs on our site for you to choose from. You can be rest assured that all employers are verified with their Unique Entity Number (UEN) to protect our job seekers from scams!
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